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Tuesday, 23 May 1972
Page: 1895

Senator WRIGHT - On 19th April last, Senator Mulvihill asked me as Minister representing the Minister for Labour and National Service:

Is it a fact that the impending closure of the Broken Hill South mine has disclosed that the retraining scheme of the Department of Labour and National Service is ill-equipped to meet situations of this kind?

In reply, 1 said:

I shall refer the honourable senator's question to the Minister.

The Minister for Labour and National Service has now replied in these terms:

The answer is no. Each of the employment training schemes administered by my Department was developed to achieve a specific purpose. None of them was designed or intended to meet redundancy situations such as those caused by impending mine closures.

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